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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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Jun 28, 2007

it was amazing
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Read in January, 1996

“Then the carousel started, and I watched her go round and round...All the kids tried to grap for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she's fall off the goddam horse, but I didn't say or do anything. The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it is bad to say anything to them.”

Here's the thing: Is Holden a rich white boy who is annoying and whiny and generally awful? Yes. But the thing that makes Catcher universal is the experience of growing up and that's something everyone can relate to. I've been teaching this book for a few years, and ss someone who spend her days with kids and watches them enter what is really the last year of their childhood, I see how relatable Holden's can be. I can also see how off-putting and terrible he is.

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